Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) will receive Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for an official visit next Thursday. According to a broadcast by the Federal Chancellery, the main topics of the meeting include the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and its consequences, as well as increased cross-border cooperation between the two countries in the fight against illegal migration.
In advance, Nehammer emphasized the “good bilateral relations”. Hungaryespecially in connection with the fight against illegal migration, the joint commitment to an EU perspective of the Western Balkans.
In addition, the energy supply security of the two countries in the coming winter months, joint efforts for an EU perspective for the Western Balkans and the EU recovery fund would be important topics of discussion, it said. Orbán last paid an official visit to Vienna in January 2018 and met Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ), among others. Kurz was in June 2018 at the meeting of the Visegrád countries (V4) in Budapest. Federal Chancellor Christian Kern (SPÖ) last had a bilateral agreement in July 2016 Hungary paid a visit.
As the Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban also announced today, Thursday, Hungary wants Buy 700 million additional cubic meters of gas from Russia. In terms of gross domestic product, our neighbors need Russian natural gas most urgently (eXXpress reported). Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto will travel to Moscow later today to talk about new gas supplies.